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50 year debate features youth versus councillors

Date: 14 September, 2006

50 year debate features youth versus councillors

Hastings is a better place today than it was when it was first made a city, that’s the premise being debated on Monday as part of the Hastings 50 years celebrations. The debate features a team of Hastings District Councillors speaking for the motion, up against a team of youth councillors speaking opposing it. Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers, Councillor Dinah Williams and former Councillor Mike Williams make up the affirmative team.

Youth councillors Sophie Duggan, Abraham Ropitini and Andrew Beacham are the negative team. Cynthia Bowers believes the debate will test the mettle of both teams. “It’ll be challenging for both sides to argue the moot from the opposite end of the scale from which we’ve lived it.”

Ms Bowers also believes the debate completes a vital link in the 50th anniversary celebrations. “It’s important to involve the youth council in our celebrations because they’re the ones who will lead us into the next fifty years of being a great city.”

Entry to the debate is by gold coin donation with proceeds going to the winners’ choice of charity. Light refreshments will be provided after the debate. The debate takes place on Monday, 18 September at the Lindisfarne College Assembly Hall on Pakowhai Road, Hastings.

Doors open at 7.15pm. For catering purposes, those wishing to attend should RSVP to Rachaelle Beale at Hastings District Council by Friday, 15 September by calling 878 0510, extension 8705.


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